Baltimore City
Health Department

Overdose Prevention and Harm Reduction

Substance Abuse Treatment in Baltimore

Links have been provided on this page to resources and data related to substance abuse, addiction-related harm reduction, drug treatment, and other associated issues.

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Needle Exchange Program

The health department's Needle Exchange Program aims to lower incidences of HIV, hepatitis C, and other infections that are caused by use of unclean needles. The program provides clean syringes and allows disposal of used syringes to those who are drug-dependent. Needle Exchange also refers clients to drug treatment centers and provides testing for syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis C.

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Baltimore Buprenorphine Initiative

This award-winning initiative was created to expand access to effective treatment for heroin addiction in the city of Baltimore and link patients to health insurance and primary medical care. Buprenorpine, an opioid, is prescribed to patients in low, monitored doses.

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Staying Alive Drug Overdose Prevention and Response Plan

This program has, since its start, saved more than 165 lives in Baltimore. The program trains police officers in recognizing the signs and symptoms of an opioid/heroin overdose and responding appropriately to maximize the victim's chance of surviving.

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Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems, Inc.

BSAS is a non-profit partner to the health department, providing services city-wide proven to reduce substance abuse and its related problems.

 

Substance Abuse Data and Research

This page provides a list of links to different sources of data and reports on substance abuse and drug treatment in Baltimore City.

 

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